Cardiovascular conditioning vs. Muscular endurance...

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    Dec 12, 2007 11:58 PM GMT
    Alright, I'm new to the world of triathlon training and I need some advice. I have a 3 mile street route that I run and a 5 mile beach route I run on weekends. Whenever I complete my run I feel fine as far as breathing. I'm not breathing real hard and my recovery rate is quick. The problem is that at the end of my 3 mile run, and especially at the end of my 5 mile run, the muscles in my legs are screaming bloody murder!!! So I'm thinking that I am lacking muscle endurance and it's keeping me from progressing even though I feel I could do allot more cardivacular wise.

    Any advice, opinions, constructive comments, etc?
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    Dec 30, 2007 3:13 AM GMT
    AlphaDen saidAlright, I'm new to the world of triathlon training and I need some advice. I have a 3 mile street route that I run and a 5 mile beach route I run on weekends. Whenever I complete my run I feel fine as far as breathing. I'm not breathing real hard and my recovery rate is quick. The problem is that at the end of my 3 mile run, and especially at the end of my 5 mile run, the muscles in my legs are screaming bloody murder!!! So I'm thinking that I am lacking muscle endurance and it's keeping me from progressing even though I feel I could do allot more cardivacular wise.

    Any advice, opinions, constructive comments, etc?


    Is the pain you are feeling in your muscles or in your joints? I assume you mean your muscles, and I suffer from the same thing from running. My cardiovascular endurance is fantastic from hours and hours on the bike, but my legs don't necessarily have it in them when it comes to running. Unfortunately, the best boost for tolerance of running is going to be running... when I get deep into my tri training in the summer, the residual pain from running lessens as my body adapts to the constant training load.

    You might also consider yoga if you've tight muscles that are really just reacting adversely to your activity. Yoga builds functional strength through a deep range of motion and offsets it with an equal emphasis on flexibility and injury prevention. Check it out.

    Patrick
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    Feb 03, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    I agree with patrick. Your body will adapt. However, be careful pushing yourself too hard by just adding running. I would suggest adding in light leg work (not necessarily weights)...things like functional lunges, and other exercises using light weighted balls...i assume you are following som triathlon training plan. So be sure to incorporate strength training. Many tri newbies assume its all about swim, bike & run. But strength training is extremely important and as much core work as you can do. I would suggest picking up the Triathletes Training Bible. And if you need some good plans and advice checkout trifuel.com.
    Just my two cents.
    -jay